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Residents Weigh In On Chicago Police Reform Plan

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Protester D. Lawrence holds a poster in front of a Chicago police officer during a march through Chicago’s Loop on Dec. 10, 2015.

Charles Rex Arbogast

Dozens of Chicagoans packed the Dirksen Federal Courthouse this week for two public hearings on the consent decree plan that would bring sweeping reforms to the Chicago Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow used a lottery system to decide who could speak and in what order. Many residents said they supported a consent decree, but they also pointed out what they saw as flaws in the current proposal, according to WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith.

The draft consent decree plan addresses several concerns outlined in a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on CPD practices issued in January 2017. If approved, the consent decree would require police officers to report every time they point a gun at somebody, it would limit officers’ use of Tasers, and it would overhaul police training and recruitment.

Morning Shift discusses the draft plan and the next steps in the process.

GUEST: Patrick Smith, WBEZ criminal justice reporter

LEARN MORE: What You Need To Know About Chicago’s Proposed Police Reform Plan (WBEZ 7/27/18)

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